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Sheep Dogs Working the Sand on Dorset's Beaches .. "Barking Mad"


8:37am 27th May 2014

A study that suggests using dogs to lower levels of bacteria on Dorset's beaches has been branded a little "far-fetched."

Scientists in the United States say using Border Collies to chase away seagulls can lower the spread of e-coli on our sandy shores.

The birds are considered a bit of a pest along the Esplanade in Weymouth and along the coastline where people like to relax and sun themselves by the water.

Weymouth Councillor Ian Bruce says the whole idea is a little over the top;

"It seems a little bit bizarre, I'm not sure what sort of evidence they have that says seagulls are chased away by sheepdogs. We seem to have a lot of dogs on our beaches and a lot of seagulls, and they don't seem to interact much with each other."

Dorset's beaches have always been highly praised for the high standard of water quality and facilities along the beach front.

Councillor Bruce told us never mind the beach, the seagulls pose a bigger problem;

"One of the things that is rather bizarre, is that the seagulls come down and steal peoples fish and chips. I think they find that easier than fishing in the sea. I think they like the batter we have some wonderful fish and chip shops in Weymouth."

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